IndyCar » Series talking with Mugello about Indy event


Reports from Italy suggest that IndyCar officials are talking with the management of the Mugello circuit in Italy about hosting an event in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

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KGBVD - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 7:00 PM

LIKE, LIKE, LIKE!


Ferrari needs to be in INDY! It needs a bargaining chip to say to Bernie, "we can walk away if we need to". Plus it would be uber-fantastic for Indy. One of the greatest travesties was that the Ferrari Indycar never raced. If Indy wants to be global, they need to expand their appeal. What better way to do that than on a prancing horse?

Owen Hamilton - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 7:54 PM

I think in the short term they need to sort out the domestic schedule, I cannot understand why they have not agreed a deal to go to Circuit Of The Americas as this looks like a great track but in the long term going further afield is a good idea.

Petrol Head - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 9:46 PM

If Indy wants to 'spread their wings' why not come to the home of all things motor racing?
Try Silverstone or Brands Hatch, i might even get to see a race live then!
I can dream cant i???

Sir Charles - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 12:27 AM

Agree completely Petrol Head! It would be great to see Ferrari get involved with IndyCar and to race at Mugello, but combine the European swing with a trip to Silverstone or Brands Hatch. It only makes sense if you have at least two or three races across the pond, and the UK is a must.

It seems logical that the timing of this is to coincide with Ferrari's announcement to enter IndyCar. Why else would they let competition to F1 race on their track?

David Chaste - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 12:37 AM

I had heard a while back that Champ Car/CART had an agreement with Formula1, to not frequent the same tracks in the same year.

Because it might reduce the amount of fans at each event. Since casual fans do not know the difference, they might see them simply as both openwheel cars.

And also the hardcore fans will tend to compare lap times if they raced on the same tracks. Even though F1 is clarly faster, Indycar vehicles derive more speed per dollar. $500,000 car vs $2-5 million at the top end.

F1 is more prestigious but its exclusivity can put off some fans. Meanwhile Indycar drivers are more accessible and the races are cheaper.

So both series want to avoid being compared.

I don't know if that agreement is still in place since the Champ car and Indycar merger...

P_dizzle - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 7:01 AM

@david

I don't think that was a mutual agreement . That was Bernie basically black balling indycar from ever racing on the same track as f1. I guess since f1 doesn't race at mugello it can work. I would be chuffed if it all came about! What a track to see those cars on!

Stephen - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 3:36 PM

Open wheel fans in Europe deserve to see an has fantastic racing, many Euopean drivers, and the cars look and sound fantastic. They definately should have a round in the UK if Mugello comes to fruition.

KGBVD - Unregistered

October 11, 2012 4:01 PM

I had heard about Bernie not wanting to having rival series on the same tracks before.

But then ChampCar ended up going to Montreal for a few years. They were pathetically slow, a Minardi entered in that race would have been on pole and won by 16 seconds.

I get the feeling that it is more Indy that doesn't want to be embarrassed in its ugly Dallaras.

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